Nobody writes about why so many people died, or what the causes were: are there reservoirs? What was the estimated return period?
update Wednesday; August 4, 2010: There are reports that in Pakistan’s northwest, precipitation intensities were as high as 312mm within 36 hours.
update Saturday; August 14, 2010 NPR titles: “China, Pakistan Floods: Preventable Disasters?”
update Sunday; August 15, 2010 The Google Earth Blog has satellite images to be looked at in Google Earth showing the extent of the flood in Pakistan
update Tuesday; August 17, 2010:
- Steven Solomon’s view as written in the NY Times. He points out that the crazy thing is that Pakistan actually has a fresh water shortage.
- here’s a pretty impressive image from NASA (link to article; via Anne Jefferson @highlyanne )
update Friday; August 20, 2010:
Over at howbigreally.com, there is an awesome tool where you can center the overlay of the current extent of the floods in Pakistan over any other area in the world.
The CBC has a new article, stating that 4 million people are left homeless
updata Friday; November 19, 2010 … and Clinton says it’s climate change! Other people disagree Also the longer-term consequences are starting to emerge. I think especially worrisome is the question of what might happen to the food-situation next year?